La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2003
Wine AdvocateAs is generally the case, I find the Starderi to be the most convincing of the estate's Barbarescos and the 2003 is no exception. It is the ripest and sweetest of the wines, showing generous nuances of licorice, toasted oak, menthol and macerated cherries on a broad, full-bodied frame with terrific length as well as balance. Here the firm tannins are balanced by the wine's greater concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018.
Wine SpectatorShows a pungent fresh herb character under the plummy fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, with good tannins and a spicy finish. Should be better with time. Best after 2008. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,400 cases made.